Oxycodone and hydrocodone are medications that belong to a class of drugs called opioid analgesics. A doctor may prescribe opioid analgesics to treat moderate-to-severe pain.

Prescription opioid medications can be very effective in treating pain. Unfortunately, such drugs are also very addictive and have high rates of abuse. They also have a tendency to interact with certain medications.

This article provides information on oxycodone and hydrocodone, including how to take these drugs and their possible side effects and risks. We also discuss some alternative treatment options for chronic pain.